June 9, 2014
PORTLAND – The City of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR) is pleased to announce that Kenya Budd has joined the team as Program Coordinator. Budd will be responsible for staffing and helping guide the Human Rights Commission and Citywide Equity Committee, as well as becoming a member of the Equity Training Team.
“Kenya’s diversity and equity experience make her a great fit for our team,” said Dante James, OEHR Bureau Director. “I believe her knowledge and facilitation skills will help move the Human Rights Commission and Citywide Equity Committee forward in their work, and we’re excited to have her on board.”
Budd comes to OEHR as an Army veteran, trainer, facilitator, and mediator in private practice. She has focused her diversity and equity work on creating safe and respectful conversation, where race, ability, gender, and privilege can be explored in a paradigm that promotes key concepts found in Cognitive Behavioral Theory, conflict resolution, motivational interviewing techniques, and transformative facilitation models.
Budd holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Deaf Education from University of Maryland. She was trained and certified as a mediator at the University of Washington Legal Education Program and Vancouver Community Mediation Dispute Resolution Center. Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights provides education and technical support to City staff and elected officials, leading to recognition and removal of systemic barriers to fair and just distribution of resources, access, and opportunity; starting with issues of race and disability.